Scholarly Activity

Selected Manuscripts by UTSW Residents

We have a proud track record of scholarly activity. In the last three years, our residents have published in notable journals – NEJM, JAMA, Circulation, JAMA Internal Medicine, JAMA Cardiology, JAMA Oncology, Journal of General Internal Medicine, among others – in every sub-discipline of internal medicine.

It is a testament to the incredible pathology, exceptional faculty, and access to resources and overall support for scholarly activity that exists here.

We have provided an abridged list of publications by our residents (in bold) in just the last three years. This is meant to show the diversity of our output, and what one can achieve here. The number of PubMed-indexed papers published by the Class of 2017 during their three years here exceeds 150!

Okwara C, Cangemi D; Images in Clinical Medicine: Achalasia with Megaesophagus. N Engl J Med. 2015 Dec 17;373(25):e30.

Yek C, Gupta A, Mauskar M; JAMA Clinical Challenge: Fever and a pustular rash. JAMA. 2017 Feb 14;317(6):637-638

Hendren N, Sukumar S, Glazer C; Vibrio vulnificus septic shock due to a contaminated tattoo. BMJ Case Rep. 2017 May 27;2017
This has been featured by multiple news outlets such as the CNN and BBC.       

Allergy/ Immunology

Har D, Patel S, Khan DA. Outcomes of using omalizumab for more than 1 year in refractory chronic urticaria. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2015 Aug;115(2):126-9.

Chen JR, Tarver SA, Alvarez KS, Tran T, Khan DA. A Proactive Approach to Penicillin Allergy Testing in Hospitalized Patients. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2017 May - Jun;5(3):686-693


Lew J, Sanghavi M, Ayers CR, McGuire DK, Omland T, Atzler D, Gore MO, Neeland I, Berry JD, Khera A, Rohatgi A, de Lemos JA. Sex-Based Differences in Cardiometabolic Biomarkers. Circulation. 2017 Feb 7;135(6):544-555

Brownell NK, Khera A, de Lemos JA, Ayers CR, Rohatgi A. Association Between Peptidoglycan Recognition Protein-1 and Incident Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Events: The Dallas Heart Study. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2016 May 17;67(19):2310-2


Warshauer JT, Lopez X, Gordillo R, Hicks J, Holland WL, Anuwe E, Blankfard MB, Sherer PE, Lingvay I.  Effect of pioglitazone on plasma ceramides in adults with metabolic syndromeDiabetes Metab Res Rev. 2015 May 10.

Mani P, Rohatgi A. Niacin therapy, HDL cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease: It the HDL hypothesis defunct?  Curr Atheroscler Rep 2015 Aug;17(8):521.

Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Bangaru S, Thiele D, Sreenarasimhaiah J, Agrawal D. Severe Elevation of Liver Tests in Choledocholithiasis: An Uncommon Occurrence With Important Clinical Implications. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2017 Sep;51(8):728-733.

Tielleman T, Bujanda D, Cryer B. Epidemiology and Risk Factors for Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding. Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am. 2015 Jul;25(3):415-28


Gavinski K, Carnahan R, Weckmann M, Validation of the delirium observation screening scale in a hospitalized older population. J Hosp Med. 2016 Jul;11(7):494-7. doi: 10.1002/jhm.2580. Epub 2016 Mar 11.

Makris UE, Weinreich MA, Fraenkel L, Han L, Leo-Summers L, Gill TM. Restricting Back Pain and Subsequent Disability in Activities of Daily Living Among Community-Living Older Adults. J Aging Health. 2017 Sep 1:898264317721555

Hematology/ Oncology

Laccetti AL, Pruitt SL, Xuan L, Halm EA, Gerber DE.  Effect of Prior Cancer on Outcomes in Advanced Lung Cancer: Implications for Clinical Trial Eligibility and Accrual. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2015 Feb 9; 107 (4).

Brown TJ, Brennan MC, Li M, Church EW, Brandmeir NJ, Rakszawski KL, Patel AS, Rizk EB, Suki D, Sawaya R, Glantz M. Association of the Extent of Resection With Survival in Glioblastoma: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Oncol. 2016 Nov 1;2(11):1460-1469

Infectious Diseases

Townsend JL, Shanbhag S, Hancock J, Bowman K, Nijhawan AE. Histoplasmosis-Induced Hemophagocytic Syndrome: A Case Series and Review of the Literature. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2015 Apr 15;2(2):ofv055

Yek C, Massanella M, Peling T, Lednovich K, Nair SV, Worlock A, Vargas M, Gianella S, Ellis RJ, Strain MC, Busch MP, Nugent CT, Richman DD. Evaluation of the Aptima HIV-1 Quant Dx Assay for HIV-1 RNA Quantitation in Different Biological Specimen Types. J Clin Microbiol. 2017 Aug;55(8):2544-2553


Lu CY, de Albuquerque Rocha N. Oxidative Stress and Metabolism: The NF-Erythroid 2 p45-Related Factor 2:Kelch-like ECH-Associated Protein 1 System and Regulatory T Lymphocytes in Ischemic AKI. Am Soc Nephrol. 2015 Dec;26(12):2893-5

Van Buren PN, Adams-Huet B, Nguyen M, Molina C, Toto RD. Potassium handling with dual renin-angiotensin system inhibition in diabetic nephropathy.  Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2014 Feb;9(2):295-301. doi: 10.2215/CJN.07460713.

Patient Safety

Gupta A, Yek C, Hendler RS; Phenytoin Toxicity. JAMA. 2017 Jun 20;317(23):2445-2446

Rho J, Hompesch C, Patel TAnother meaningful end point for nighttime intensivist coverage. Chest 2015;148(2):e66.

Palliative care

Smith L, Rhodes RL et al. Predictors of Placement of Inpatient Palliative Care Consult Orders among Breast, Lung, and Colon Cancer Patients in a Safety Net Hospital System. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. In press.

Rhodes RL, Tindall K, Xuan L, Paulk ME, Halm EA. Communication About Advance Directives and End-of-Life Care Options Among Internal Medicine Residents. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2015 May;32(3):262-8

Pulmonary and Critical Care

Le T, Gerber DE. ALK alterations and inhibition in lung cancer. Semin Cancer Biol. 2017 Feb;42:81-88

Weinreich M, Nguyen OK, Wang D, Mayo H, Mortensen EM, Halm EA, Makam AN. Predicting the Risk of Readmission in Pneumonia. A Systematic Review of Model Performance. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2016 Sep;13(9):1607-14

Quality Improvement

Shah UK, DiMura C, Agrawal D. When documentation supersedes patient communication: an example from an endoscopy unit. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Jun;175(6):884-5

Gupta A, Rahman A, Alvarez KS, Gard JW, Johnson DH, Agrawal D. Drug shortage leading to serendipitous adoption of high-value care practice. BMJ Qual Saf. 2017 Aug 1. pii: bmjqs-2017-007015


Scielzo SA, Stone L, Kazi S. Update in Rheumatology: Evidence Published in 2015. Ann Intern Med. 2016 May 3;164(9):W61-4

Mosher CA, Owen JL, Barker BR. Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia Masquerading as Leukocytoclastic Vasculitis.  Am J Med. 2016 May;129(5):

Posters and Presentations

In addition, our residents have presented abstracts at several notable national and local meetings.

  • American College of Physicians – Annual and Texas Meeting (ACP)
  • American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting (ASH)
  • Texas and American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting (TxSCO and ASCO)
  • American Heart Association Meeting (AHA)
  • American College of Cardiology Meeting (ACC)
  • American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting (AAN)
  • American Society of Nephrology Annual Meeting (ASN)
  • American College of Gastroenterology Meeting (ACG)
  • Digestive Disease Week Annual Meetings (DDW)
  • International Lymphoma Symposium Chicago (ILS)
  • American Thoracic Society International Conference (ATS)
  • CHEST Annual Meeting
  • Annual and Texas Meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM)
  • SLEEP Conference
  • Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM)
  • American Society of Hypertension
  • Cardiovascular Innovations